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    An open letter to the Democratic party. The days of buffet-style politics are no longer allowed.

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    An open letter to the Democratic party
    The days of buffet-style politics are no longer allowed


    Bridget Phetasy
    September 25, 2019
    2:01 PM

    This article is in The Spectator’s inaugural US edition. Subscribe here to get yours.

    Dear Democrats, I’m mad at you. I was raised a die-hard, bleeding-heart liberal. My grandmother was an Irish Catholic New Englander who worshipped JFK almost as much as Jesus. My dad and his nine siblings sang for the Kennedys at Hammersmith Farm.

    For decades, I was a loyal regular at your bar until suddenly you started ignoring me. You took my support for granted and dismissed my concerns, focusing instead on courting the young city hipsters with their scooters and their designer weed and their craft beers. You began overlooking pragmatic moderates and catering to loud extremists who favor rewriting the Constitution and accelerating our lurch towards socialism.

    So in 2016, feeling politically homeless, I dropped my party affiliation. How did this happen? How did I go from being a lifetime Democrat to a registered independent? I am far from alone: why don’t you Democrats seem to care?

    Like most Americans, I developed my politics through osmosis. You absorb what you grow up around. I call this unexamined position ‘factory settings’. Factory settings are the default beliefs installed when you were a child. ‘I grew up in a conservative home and so I vote Republican.’ Or ‘I hate the Yankees because I’m from Boston.’

    As a young person, I could spout Democratic party lines verbatim. I didn’t care all that much. Prior to 2015, I viewed politics as something that only affected the very rich and the very poor. I wasn’t dependent on the government and tax cuts didn’t benefit me. The winner of any election had very little influence on my life. I worked as a waitress. Too busy living paycheck to paycheck, I felt like just another cog in the wheel.

    For most of the 20 years in which I have been able to vote, I’ve kept my head down and voted Democrat because I believed they were the ‘party of the people’. And I was told Republicans were evil my whole life.

    I understood the importance of voting, but had fallen asleep at the wheel of a self-driving car and was happy to let the autopilot navigate. It was easier. And not in a lazy, ignorant or unmotivated way — I was simply too busy trying to survive, so I rested in the default settings I was born into and trusted the geniuses in charge could work on the details.

    For a long time, politicians could count on the factory-settings crowd. People know the lever they’re supposed to pull and that’s about all they’re there to do. But social media and unprecedented amounts of interconnection have added new layers that disrupt the quiet majority of factory-settings voters like me.

    Having been born and raised a liberal Democrat, I had only a vague sense of the truth behind America’s political divisions. This was because of the left’s firm domination of media, entertainment and education. I subscribed to what I now call ‘The Approved Message’, a sort of ‘right-think’ that meant you were one of the good guys: a Democrat. It made for a simpler life.

    Then came Trumpism. The Approved Message grew louder and angrier. It coalesced into a progressive religion, ‘Wokeism’, which adopted increasingly complex rules. Suddenly, there was no limit on what someone might deem offensive. Certain opinions, words and ideas became unacceptable overnight. Citizens took to policing one another’s jokes, tone and internet histories.

    It quickly became clear that anyone who supported Trump (to be clear, I am not a fan) should be shamed and ostracized. If they were a family member, disowned. In fact, coming out as anything other than anti-Trump could end your career, get you kicked out of your mommy group or land you on the wrong side of a virtual mob.

    Like most Americans, I was suddenly playing catch-up. Speech is violence, capitalism and democracy are oppressive, critical thinking is ‘fence-sitting’.



    If you try nuance or engage in ‘wrong-think’ on sacred issues, you won’t just get into a tiff with the neighbors; now there’s every chance you will have your personal life dragged into the public square in order to shame you into obscurity. The days of buffet-style politics are no longer allowed. You either check all the boxes of the ‘good’ party, or you belong to the ‘bad’ one. When I dared to push back by writing articles, I was struck by how quickly the left rejected me. Millions noticed this too: they watched in stunned silence as leftists demanded books be censored, scrutinized language and called anyone who disagreed a Nazi.

    Flash forward three years into a Trump administration and instead of learning from mistakes, the loudest members of the party are heading for the same brick wall. At this point the 2020 Democratic platform feels like a barely veiled threat: ‘Vote for us or you’re racist.’

    The progressive push to fully embody the promise made in the Declaration of Independence that ‘all men are created equal’ used to feel aspirational and attainable. Now, the open-mindedness and tolerance that attracted me to the Democratic party seems like a thing of the past. Gone is the party that stood in direct opposition to the rigid moralizing of conservatism.

    In its place is a movement that feels less about liberation and more about obedience. Progressivism is no longer interested in ideological diversity and instead demands rigid adherence to dogma. Dare to defy and risk being, as we say on Twitter, ‘canceled’.

    When a movement is no longer open to dissent, the movement is dead. It is no longer a living, breathing dialogue. It’s a cult.

    Like it or not, I’m a canary in the coal-mine. If I, a citizen of the Republic of California, have been abandoned in the center, how many people are there in Ohio? Or Florida? Or Wisconsin? I guarantee a lot more than the polls currently reflect, and a lot more than Democrats can perceive from their liberal bubble. You can’t bully people into voting the way you like and then when they push back imply they are racist and say good riddance — not if you want to survive.

    So Democrats, please stop with this nonsense that people like me have left you, as you endlessly tell me on Twitter. You pushed us away. Offer us a compelling vision of the future based on the strength of your ideas and policies. If you can’t, maybe you don’t deserve to win.
    This captures the voice of the various 'walk-away' people.

    In my very rural, very working class childhood people in my family and of course, well known neighbors, business partners, friends, and church people, could be Democrats or Republicans or something else and it was fine. There might be some debate a few weeks before an election but it always ended in the 'we'll agree to disagree' thing which is now lost to the mists of time.

    Nobody seriously believed that party inclination trumped being Americans together. You could like a tax policy but reject a foreign policy, like some politicians and dislike others in the same party, work on a campaign and still be much admired at Thanksgiving, and have fun with somebody who didn't share every single view with you.

    It's obviously changed a lot but Democrats have changed much more. In surveys, the number of Democrats who will not be friends with a Republican (if they know party affiliation) is astonishing while Republicans don't seem to care much.



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    I’ve seen her nudes. She’s hot.
    "35% of my party believes that Obama's a Muslim born in Kenya; [Trump's] locked that crowd down."

    ~ Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

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    If she really intended to communicate with the Democratic party, she chose an odd publication for that. If she intended to stroke the beliefs of conservatives (and there is good money in that) she chose a good publication.

    On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
    -H. L. Mencken

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    Nah, she published where it wouldn't be rejected.

    Democrats read more center or center right stuff than they will admit while Republicans are immersed in the left-of-center stuff and can't get away from it.

    She got her audience.

    (It wasn't people like me. I just promoted it for conversation.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    This captures the voice of the various 'walk-away' people.

    In my very rural, very working class childhood people in my family and of course, well known neighbors, business partners, friends, and church people, could be Democrats or Republicans or something else and it was fine. There might be some debate a few weeks before an election but it always ended in the 'we'll agree to disagree' thing which is now lost to the mists of time.

    Nobody seriously believed that party inclination trumped being Americans together. You could like a tax policy but reject a foreign policy, like some politicians and dislike others in the same party, work on a campaign and still be much admired at Thanksgiving, and have fun with somebody who didn't share every single view with you.

    It's obviously changed a lot but Democrats have changed much more. In surveys, the number of Democrats who will not be friends with a Republican (if they know party affiliation) is astonishing while Republicans don't seem to care much.



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    True, but that all changed with

    Vote for us or you’re racist.
    It's all they had for a long time. Now it's just a given.

    Bok is a great example. Politics define his morality now. He can't associate with racists and since all Trump voters are racists there ya go.
    "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

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    Time will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    If she really intended to communicate with the Democratic party, she chose an odd publication for that. If she intended to stroke the beliefs of conservatives (and there is good money in that) she chose a good publication.
    That's a very good point. It's why David Frum is not credible. That said, she wasn't necessarily trying to communicate with the "Democratic party," she was voicing her opinion and since she's sorta famous people will read what she has to say - for better or worse.

    I actually think someone at The Spectator thought they could get some traffic if they put this out and it would be shared on Twitter and Facebook. Meh, same shit as the articles talking about the cause du jour and how anything dissenting means that someone was "triggered."


    But I concur with Bok. She's hot. She's also correct.
    "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

    link

    Time will tell.

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    All the money is with the progressives in virtually every field - science, academics, entertainment, and journalism.

    Rather than attacking her platform (also something progressives hate), what about her point?
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    All the money is with the progressives in virtually every field - science, academics, entertainment, and journalism.

    Rather than attacking her platform (also something progressives hate), what about her point?
    She isn't a political prop and fat women don't like her.
    "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

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    Time will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    She isn't a political prop and fat women don't like her.
    Well, you've got me there.
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Honestly, this is ridiculous. I remember 2016 VERY WELL.

    Trump came in with his hateful comments about everybody.

    You had these die hard Trump supporters who were being beyond hateful to anybody (including Republicans) who didn't fall into line. Real conservatives such as Paul Ryan were being thrown under the bus for Trump. People who worshiped Bush years ago suddenly hated him because Trump said mean things about him. Suddenly, it was okay to say Bush let 911 happen (from where before, it was the result of just crazy libs). I used to only be defriended by leftists, but then suddenly Trump supporters did it.

    I was actually Republican at the time and I voted for Republican senators and house reps. The more time went on, the more it was obvious that anybody not on the Trump train was just a terrible person.

    So, please don't say that the Republican Party is tolerant. They haven't been since Trump took it over.


    As for the Democrats, some are not tolerant such as AOC. I honestly wish her and Trump would just go to New York and stay there. However, there are plenty of Democrats telling them they're full of shit. The women's march just got rid of their anti-semitic board members. Nancy Pelosi was standing up to the four before Trump made waves (and he knew what he was doing).

    We'll find out in November of next year how this went.

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